I notice there is a decrease of S10.000 in this item, and I should like to know the reason for this decrease. I wish to know if sufficient inspectors are being appointed to take care of a serious situation in western Nova Scotia. After all, this is an item which affects sea fisheries, and it affects a situation which is developing there. In the past we have produced what is known as boneless fish, and that has gone to the United States-at least by far the largest portion of it. At the present time the quota law provides that sixty-five per cent of 1941-42 production will be permitted to go to the United States. This means that the fish which used to be made into boneless will have to be diverted, and go to one of the following markets: Canadian consumption, probably dried fish to the West Indies, and elsewhere, and then to the United Kingdom.
That means of exit to the United Kingdom is looked upon at present as the way out. I urge that every assistance and cooperation be given to the fishing industry to bring that about, particularly in areas in Nova Scotia. Certificates of quality must be provided. I am afraid there is a tendency to have a scarcity of inspectors. I urge upon the Department that that danger be avoided, and that there be no hesitancy about providing inspectors, wherever they are in centres where fishing is conducted, so that the quality will be such as is required for shipment to the United Kingdom.
There were just those two things I wished to comment on. I wanted to know, first, why there is a decrease and, second, if sufficient inspectors will be provided to ensure the quality of our fish, so that there will be no delays in shipments to the United Kingdom.
There were just those two things I wished to comment on. I wanted to know, first, why there is a decrease and, second, if sufficient
inspectors will be provided to ensure the quality of our fish,, so that there will be no delays in shipments to the United Kingdom.